LATER, THE LORD AGAIN appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre. At that time Abraham was sitting at the door of his tent. It was during the hottest part of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. 

When Abraham saw them, he ran from his tent to meet them. He bowed facedown on the ground before them. Abraham said, “Sir, if you think well of me, please stay awhile with me, your servant. I will bring some water so all of you can wash your feet. You may rest under the tree. I will get some bread for you, so you can regain your strength. Then you may continue your journey.

        The three men said, “That is fine. Do as you said.”

      Abraham hurried to the tent where Sarah was He said to her, “Hurry, prepare 20 quarts of fine flour. Make it into loaves of bread.” Then Abraham ran to his cattle. He took one of his best calves and gave it to a servant. The servant hurried to kill the calf and to prepare it for food. Abraham gave the three men the calf that had been cooked. He also gave them milk curds and milk. While the three men ate, he stood under the tree near them.

      The men asked Abraham, “Where is your wife Sarah?”

      “There in the tent,” said Abraham.

      Then the Lord said, “I will certainly return to you about this time a year from now. At that time your wife Sarah will have a son.”

      Sarah was listening at the entrance of the tent which was behind him. Abraham and Sarah were very old. Sarah was past the age when women normally have children. So she laughed to herself, “My husband and I are too old to have a baby.”

      Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘I am too old to have a baby’? Is anything too hard for the Lord? No! I will return to you at the right time a year from now. And Sarah will have a son.”

A baby for Sarah

The Lord cared for Sarah as he had said He did for her what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant. And she gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age. Everything happened at the time God had said it would. Abraham named his son Isaac. Sarah gave birth to the son of Abraham. Abraham circumcised Isaac when he was eight days old as God had commanded.

      Abraham was 100 years old when his son Isaac was born. And Sarah said, “God has made me laugh. Everyone who hears about this will laugh with me. No one thought that I would be able to have Abraham’s child. But I have giving Abraham a son while he is old.”

      Isaac grew and became old enough to eat food At that time Abraham gave a great feast.


(Quoted from Genesis 18:1-14; 21:1-8, International Children’s Bible, New Century Version)

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